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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Vision, goals and guiding principles


Goal 1: Build community capability and encourage proactive engagement


  • promote positive community and economic development outcomes that create jobs
  • reduce reliance on external markets and services
  • empower and connect local groups and organisations which build community cohesion

Goal 2: Improve the efficiency of resource use and minimise waste


  • resources are valued
  • products are designed to minimise or eliminate waste
  • product stewardship initiatives are encouraged
  • diverted material is high quality
  • waste to landfill is minimised

Goal 3: Minimise the harmful effects of waste


  • waste is recovered, treated and/or disposed of safely and in line with industry best practice to protect both public health and the environment from any adverse effect

Guiding Principles

Zero waste

Zero waste is an ethical, economical, efficient and visionary goal , to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for another use.

Zero waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, to conserve and recover all resources, and not to burn or bury them.

Implementing zero waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.*

* The official Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) definition of zero waste


The DCC will model good corporate citizenship by integrating zero waste practices into its organisational culture and via supply chain management. The DCC will take a leadership role in establishing and embedding zero waste practices and systems in Dunedin.


To maximise the opportunities associated with waste minimisation and resource recovery, the DCC will endorse, facilitate or partner with community groups and organisations to support the realisation of zero waste initiatives.

Precautionary principle

Where there is a threat of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation or potential adverse health effects, as it relates to waste and diverted material.

The proximity principle

Short supply chains with few long distance transactions promote resilience and engagement. For resource recovery, the proximity principle suggests that we seek “the highest use (for used materials and products) within the shortest possible distance”*.

* Zero Waste 2020 Strategies for a Sustainable Community 2003, prepared by Envision New Zealand

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